The head coach of Neshaminy High School's football team, Mark Schmidt, has been suspended for one game by the school district following the investigation into an incident at last Friday's football game against Council Rock South.
According to Phillyburbs, school district officials decided to suspend Schmidt for a week, retroactive to Monday, Oct. 14. Schmidt's suspension will include this Friday's game at Bensalem.
After a week-long suspension, Schmidt will return to coaching the team next week and do so for the rest of the season.
"The investigation is concluded, and the administration is taking appropriate action. This is a personnel matter and I cannot give additional information," school board President Ritchie Webb said.
The school district conducted an investigation into the incident before making a decision, Webb said.
Neshaminy's new superintedent Robert Copeland echoed Webb's statement to Patch.
"The district investigated an incident that had occurred. They completed the investigation and they have taken appropriate action. There is no other comment as this is a personnel matter."
It was reported that Schmidt grabbed one of his players by the jersey during a heated moment in the game against Council Rock South last Friday. Phillyburbs reported that this occurred after the player committed an unsportsmanlike conduct foul that resulted in a penalty.
"The support I've had through this whole process - from friends, fellow teachers and coaches, and players - has been amazing. I'm pretty blown away by it," Schmidt said to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
"I guess the phrase 'old school' is something you have to reevaluate," he said to the Inquirer about trying to change his coaching style. "That's the way things are these days."
Schmidt said the last few days "have been horrible. There have been a lot of rumors out there. You can't let it make you go crazy."
Patch reader "Bill G" commented on Patch's initial story about this incident: "I was at the game, saying he grabbed the jersey is a huge understatement. He forcefully pulled the player from the playing field. He is lucky to not have injured the player. This was a sixteen year old kid, and Coach Schmidt is a teacher at NHS. How can you not fire this man for his actions? If it were in the classroom would it be acceptable?"
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